“What do you mean? This is good info.”
“I’m not saying it isn’t. It’s about how it was acquired.” He paused pacing, and stared aimlessly at the back wall. “Unless a person who would have this information legally claims to have given it to you.” He threw up his arms dramatically. “It can’t be used.”
“In a court of law,” she finished as she dropped her ever-tiring head into her hands. Abandoning that she popped her head up causing her hair to cascade over her head, and resettle disheveled. “So all this really did was put me on the chopping block.”
Thomas made an odd negative sound that was between a growl, and a hum as he started pacing again. “Not necessarily; it gives us more than we had before.”
Not seeing the bright side like he was Charlotte hissed, “That being?”
Her sharp tone made him stop pacing, and turn to look at her as an odd expression briefly crossed his normally passive features. “A path. We can figure out what he is doing, and how he’s been doing it.” Thomas nodded to himself. “I can use it to make him incriminate himself.”
He then looked at her for only the second time since he had determined that she needed to relocate. The hard lines of his face softened slightly. The difference was almost undetectable. Most people probably wouldn’t notice, but Charlotte had. It made his lips soften, and the crinkles around his eyes lessen.
“You need to sleep.” The statement was more of an order than an observation.
Thomas walked back to the SUV, and pulled out her gym bag. With a head gesture he inferred that she should follow him. Feeling like she was just tired enough not to argue, Charlotte lifted herself from the chair, and fell into pace behind him as he began clearing the space to the staircase. They went upstairs, and he opened the door of the first room. Charlotte followed him, and it was like she was at the Hyatt all of the sudden.
The room was like a hotel room. The furniture was wooden and in solid colors. Not great, but not bad. It was mostly sterile, and looked like a man had picked out everything. There were no knick-knacks, just basics. An ugly pasty green couch, a matching chair, and some dull wooden end tables were the highlights of the decor. In the corner was a kitchenette with a full sized fridge, stove, dishwasher, and microwave. The sink was a single basin with a washrag, and dish soap nearby. The second door in the room lead to a bedroom that housed a king-sized bed covered in a hideous beige comforter, and some more of the dull wooden end tables the living area sported.
“Bathroom is connected to the bedroom,” Thomas said as he threw her gym bag on the bed, and started for the door.
Charlotte stared at the room, and grabbed the arm of the brooding man as he passed her. She almost hissed at the warmth of him through her fingertips. The feeling was short lived as he stopped, and removed her hand from his arm by grasping her wrist. The action made her snap her eyes to his, and they held for a moment neither of them blinking for the space of two breathes.
“You’re safe here Charlie.”
“Tommy—,” she stammered not really believing that she had addressed him so familiarly. It had to be her exhaustion because he had not done anything that would make her assume such an air with him. The look that danced in his eyes for a moment could’ve been shock or anger. She wasn’t sure, but she was sure that she had crossed some invisible line with the name that had fell from her lips.
“Thomas,” she quickly corrected looking up at him. “I didn’t mean— on the phone—”
He whipped her body into his, and ducked his head to seal his mouth to hers. Charlotte felt the burn of his lips against hers. The abrupt entry of his tongue pushing between her teeth made her stiffen, then practically melt against him. Her wrists were captured behind her back by one of his larger hands. The other hand had taken possession of her left butt cheek pulling her against his body. She moaned in a haze of adrenaline, pleasure, and fear as she kissed him back with just as much ferocity as he was kissing her with. His hips were grinding into hers. She could feel the length of his erection between them. With that knowledge her knees nearly buckled. What she wouldn’t give to get her hands on him.
What had started as rough tongue stabbing was dissipating. The forays he took between her lips were becoming more leisurely as he explored her mouth with long slow licks that drug his tongue over all of the surfaces of hers. He would pull away slightly, and then decide that he wasn’t done, and take her mouth again. This happened a few more times before he pulled back, and slowly licked his lips. Panting they held there breathing each other’s air. He let his eyes roam over her face. She watched as they settled on her lips then flew back to her eyes.